US president Joe Biden has arrived within the UK for his go to to attend the Queen’s funeral. The pair have been greeted by a small social gathering, together with Jane Hartley, US ambassador to the UK, and Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex as they stepped off the aircraft at Stansted Airport forward of the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.
Earlier this week, the White Home stated the royal invitation to the funeral, which takes place on Monday at Westminster Abbey, was for the Bidens solely.
The Queen died on September 8 after a 70-year reign, sparking a grief and mourning throughout the UK and the world.
She had met a number of US presidents, together with, in more moderen years, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W Bush.
She met 13 of the final 14 American presidents, all besides Lyndon Johnson and beginning with Harry Truman in 1951 when she was nonetheless a princess.
The Bidens, who joined the Qeen for tea in June 2021, are scheduled to pay respects to the late sovereign, whose coffin is mendacity in Westminster Corridor on Sunday.
Afterwards they may signal an official condolence e book earlier than attending a reception hosted by King Charles III.
The state funeral on Monday is to be attended by practically 100 presidents and heads of presidency.
Mr Biden, 79, has stated the Queen reminded him of his mom.
Throughout a telephone name with the King on Wedneday, the US chief expressed his condolences and stated he shared the “nice admiration of the American folks” for the Queen.
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The US president recalled the “kindness and hospitality” proven by the Queen, together with when she hosted him and his spouse within the UK, and stated he needs to proceed a “shut relationship” with the monarchy.
Charles and Mr Biden held a name forward of the King marching behind his mom’s coffin earlier than the mendacity in state in Westminster Corridor.
The president stated he spoke to Charles to “provide my condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II”.
He added: “I recalled her kindness, dignity, and fidelity – and the way she deepened the friendship between our nations. I additionally let the King know that I hope to proceed an in depth relationship with him.”
The president is deeply aware of grief, having misplaced his grownup son to most cancers in 2015 and his spouse and younger daughter to a automotive accident a long time in the past.
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He and his spouse will return to Washington on Monday after the funeral.
It comes after the US chief’s assembly with Prime Minister Liz Truss, attributable to happen on Sunday, was cancelled.
The leaders will as an alternative attend a “full bilateral assembly” on the UN Basic Meeting on Wednesday, No 10 stated.
The PM will nonetheless meet Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Polish president Andrzej Duda in Downing Road on Sunday, as deliberate.
Downing Road wouldn’t present additional particulars on why the assembly with Mr Biden had been cancelled.
This weekend’s talks are being framed by No 10 as chats, quite than formal bilateral classes, with politics more likely to characteristic.